CCDS Community Celebrates Year of the Rooster
- An aerial view of the Chinese New Year celebration at CCDS.
- Sophie Corwin of Blue Ash tries her hand at calligraphy. She is a first grader at CCDS.
- The Cincinnati Chinese Cultural Learning Association Lion Dance Troupe presented a Lion Dance. The troupe currently consists of seven students from Cincinnati Country Day, Mason and Sycamore schools.
- Head of School Tony Jaccaci serves dumplings to CCDS sixth-graders Connor Twyford, left, of Montgomery, and Max Berghausen of Indian Hill.
- Isaiah Destin, a Montessori kindergartner at CCDS, tries on a Chinese costume during the Chinese New Year Celebration at the school. Isaiah is from Blue Ash.
- Members of the Bing Yang Chinese Performing Arts Center in West Chester played Chinese Drums during the CCDS Chinese New Year Celebration at the school.
More than 400 people helped usher in the Chinese New Year with food, activities and entertainment at Cincinnati Country Day School (CCDS) on January 29. Guests were served Chinese dumplings, spring rolls, sesame noodles, fried rice, vegetables and fortune cookies.
Children chose from several activities, including calligraphy with a calligraphy master, coloring, origami and the art of using chopsticks to pick up gummy bears. Adults and children dressed up in Chinese clothes and posed for photos.
Entertainment included a Chinese Drum demonstration by the Bing Yang Chinese Performing Arts Center in West Chester. The non-profit organization is dedicated to promoting the development, advancement and appreciation of Chinese culture heritage through the art of Chinese dance.
The Cincinnati Chinese Cultural Learning Association Lion Dance Troupe presented a Lion Dance, which was originally performed for royalty in China during the Chinese new year as a blessing of luck and prosperity. The CCCLA Lion Dance Troupe has been performing at special events, such as Chinese New Year's celebrations, in the Greater Cincinnati area for more than 10 years.
The troupe currently consists of seven members, including 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th graders from Cincinnati Country Day, Mason and Sycamore schools. Frank Weston of Loveland, a sophomore at CCDS, is the troupe captain and the most senior member, leading, teaching, and coordinating with the troupe. His brother, Jack Weston, an eighth grader at CCDS, is also a troupe member.
After the Lion Dance, adults and children proceeded to Keeler Theater by following a trail of bubble wrap that popped like the sound of fireworks.
CCDS Upper School Chinese students and an alumna sang, demonstrated martial arts and played instruments, including a guzheng, a Chinese plucked string instrument. A group of Lower School students also showed off their martial arts moves. Audience members were invited to join in a dance on stage.